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10 Things You Always Wanted to Know About Boobs

Nipples, implants, breast-gasms (they exist!)—experts weigh in on all of the questions you’re afraid to ask your lady.

You love boobs. You ogle them from afar, you look ‘em up on the Internet, and are so eager to free them from their constraints (i.e. a bra if you’re not following along) yet you don’t really know what to do with them, do you? Not to put all you guys on blast, but check out these 9 simple steps to satisfy your woman’s breasts if you want more detail. Anyway, back to the matter at hand: Boobs are a bit baffling to the male species. If you’ve been too embarrassed to Google what the deal is with inverted nipples, are curious why nipples range in size and color, and how breast implants actually affect her, read on. 

We surveyed real men across America on all their wildest boob queries, then consulted two sex experts to get the answers. Here, Jessica O’Reilly, Ph.D and Stephen de Wit, Ph.D—Toronto based sexologists weigh in.

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1. NIPPLE SENSITIVITY

Q:  "After sex, my girlfriend doesn't like me touching her nipples because they're sensitive. Why is that?" –Josh, Washington, D.C.

A: According to O’Reilly, the hottest erogenous zones swell with blood at the highpoint of sexual arousal, so they can become sensitive to the touch. “Just like the head of your penis can be hypersensitive during and after orgasm, her nipples may also need a break after she comes,” says O’Reilly. “Don't worry, after a short recovery period, they'll be raring to go once again!”

2. NIPPLE SIZE

Q: "Why do some women have extremely large nipples and others are really small? Is the size hereditary or random?" – Ryan, New York

A: “Nipples are like finger prints in that no two are exactly the same,” says O’Reilly. “Since nipple and areola size are related to breast size, it's fair to say that size is hereditary. But a number of other factors also impact breast size, like age, diet, pregnancy, menstruation and overall body weight.”

3. INVERTED NIPPLES

Q: "I had sex with a girl for the first time and was freaked out that her nipples were inverted. What's the deal?" – Bill, Michigan

A: De Wit explains that it’s basically the same thing as asking about an “innie” vs. an “outtie” belly button, which is to say: it’s normal, and doesn’t play a role when it comes to stimulation. “We call it shy nipples,” he says. “That’s just one of our body’s interesting ways of constructing ourselves differently. It’s not something to be concerned about.”

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